Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang Author:Kate Wilhelm Where the Late Birds Sang is a spellbinding and wonderfully original family saga of the future. It is the story of the Sumners of Virginia, who have ruled over a lush valley along the Shenandoah for generations. But the Sumners' land, their money, their influence do not make them immune to the war and pestilence that destroy the rest of earth.... more » Through the foresight of the elder Sumners, they create a scientific research center that provides them with a means of survival. But as the Sumner men become sterile, the women barren, young David Sumner, his cousin Celia and the other Sumners become victimized by an army of look-alike, thinkalike clones who are able to perpetuate their Sumner bodies - but not their humanity. What hope there is for a real, human future must lie with the outcasts of the new society.
With its dramatic sweep and its very human feelings, this is rich and engrossing storytelling at its best.« less